Science Express

The Science Express in the year of science 2009

Eröffnungstage der Wissenschaftsausstellung 'Expedition Zukunft 2009' im Berliner Hauptbahnhof am 23. / 24.04.1009
Eröffnungstage der Wissenschaftsausstellung 'Expedition Zukunft 2009' im Berliner Hauptbahnhof am 23. / 24.04.1009

“Research expedition Germany”: a journey through the world of research

The Science Express takes the visitors on a unique journey of discovery – embedded in the impressive architecture of twelve converted railcars. With this exhibition, Archimedes has set new standards in scenography, communications, logistics and mobility.

Wandering through the train, the visitors discover new worlds of knowledge – from cosmology and particle physics to environment and mobility. In this spectacular exhibition they can learn about the questions posed by leading German researchers, possible solutions and the impact they might have on our personal future.

Science Express stages science in a highly appealing, lively and exciting way, creating impressive three-dimensional worlds inside a train. Each railcar is dedicated to a different area of research, conveying it with a unique character and fascinating design, not to mention individually defined sounds, colours and shapes, lighting design and materials. A wide range of multimedia installations and exhibits, perfectly integrated into the interior landscape, offer a hands-on approach to science in general and to basic research in particular.


Clients |  Project Sponsors: Max Planck Society | German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Exhibition Area: 12 railcars with about 700 m² of exhibition space over a length of 300 metres Opening:  2009 Languages: German | English

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Projekt Highlight

An exhibition in a train

Working in narrow space

How to embed an exhibition into 12 railway cars? The technical and spatial constraints of were a mayor challenge of this exhibition. The design had to take into account the extreme spatial situation of a train, which is 300 metres long and only 2.8 metres wide. Furthermore, the visitors needed to pass through the train in one direction only in order to avoid congestions. This was accomplished by the presentation of 12 spatial worlds, each with its own scenography. The succession of different and surprising materials, colours and styling holds the interest of visitors throughout the exhibition.